Spend four days exploring the highlights of the Red Centre - Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in a comfortable 16 seat 4WD vehicle. Explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta, visit Palm Valley and learn about Aboriginal culture. Get off the beaten track and travel along the less travelled Mereenie Loop road in the majestic Western MacDonnell ranges.
Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru
Welcome to the Outback! Our first stop is the Outback Camel Farm where you can see the world from the top of a camel if you choose to take a ride (own expense). Next we travel to the Ayers Rock Resort for your first glimpse of Uluru, located in the heart of the Red Centre. After lunch, we explore fascinating Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds. We make it back in time for an enthralling desert sunset at Uluru. After dinner, curl up in your permanent tent or try sleeping in a swag (Aussie bedroll) and watch the stars come out to play in the darkening sky. (LD)
Day 2 – Uluru to Kings Canyon
Sunrise over Uluru is magical and it’s an early start to catch it. While the morning’s fresh (and your legs are too) enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter)*. It is a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kings Canyon to Glen Helen
There’s a lot to explore at Kings Canyon and we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we travel along the well known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way). We pass the 140 million year old meteorite crater, Gosse Bluff as we travel towards Glen Helen where we camp tonight nestled at the western end of the MacDonnell Ranges. (BLD)
Day 4 – Glen Helen to Alice Springs
During a morning hike you will discover the spectacular geological features of Ormiston Gorge and spot for wallabies and other wildlife. Then we travel along the 4WD tracks of the Finke River to access the remarkable scenery of Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. The spectacular Western MacDonnell Ranges will continue to impress you all the way back to Alice Springs. (BL)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Mereenie Loop Track
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Uluru Cultural Experience
Western MacDonnell Ranges
What's Included on Tour
Experienced tour guide
National Park entry
Meals as indicated
Permanent campsites including twin share tents, camping fees and equipment
Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk*
NOTE: The 2012 - 2013 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2012 to the 31st March 2013. The 2013 - 2014 season rates commence on the 1st April 2013.
Departs Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Resort
Returns Alice Springs
This tour operates on Monday and Saturday through the year. Departures are available from select accommodation in Alice Springs from 5:45am, OR Desert Gardens Hotel in Ayers Rock Resort at 1:45pm** (after lunch). Returns to Alice Springs accommodation early evening day 4. Flight must arrive at Ayers Rock Airport before 1:20pm to connect with the Yulara Airport Shuttle (free) to Desert Gardens Hotel. Passengers arriving on flights after this time may forfeit day 1 afternoon activities.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
The price quoted is for one person. We operate with a minimum of four and we travel with a group of up to 16 passangers.
You must call us before 16.00 hours (4.00pm) the day prior to travel with the name of your accommodation and room number.
Tours can be rescheduled free of charge, subject to availability. If you cancel 30 days before your travel date, no cancellation fees apply. If you cancel within 30 days of your travel date you will be charged 25% of your booking cost. If you cancel with 24 hours of your travel dates, you will charged 100% of your booking cost. Cancellations must be made through Australian Explorer.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
Sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing, water bottle, camera and film, money for optional snacks you might want to buy and/or meals not included on the specific tour you might be doing.
Please Note : The price quoted does not include park entry fees, you will be required to pay National Park entry fee of AUD $25.00.
If you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, please discuss this at time of booking. For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is usually a self-serve sandwich and salads; in the evening we have a cooked dinner. We always carry water in the vehicle and you will often have the chance to buy your own drinks, ice-creams etc at stops.
You will need to sign an indemnity form before departing on this tour. This tour is not suitable for children 7 years and under. The vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15 kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, film, sunblock etc.
Please Note : Accommodation on this tour is in shared hostel and farm stay accommodation and you can choose to upgrade to private accommodation at an additional cost.
Single Shared Accommodation
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